02.08.2013
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Waterproof Shadow Liner
$22
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Last Updated:02.08.2013
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Waterproof Shadow Liner is a creamy pencil that was designed (and designed well) for swiping rich color all over lids as an eyeshadow—but not so much for use as an eyeliner. When naming this product it seems as though Smashbox must have tacked on the "Liner" bit as an afterthought, as it works much better as eyeshadow than liner.

Although this pencil is admirably waterproof and smudge-proof—qualities we look for in a good eyeliner—the size of the tip is simply too big to use easily as a liner; in this case, size matters. It's possible to sharpen the pencil down so the tip is fine-tuned for lining, but then it's more likely to break (so frustrating!), and becomes more difficult to use as eyeshadow.

Despite the misleading "dual purpose" claim, this pencil does achieve its long-wear claims and works remarkably well to create vibrant definition that will stay in place, come water, warm weather, or oily lids. The shades include fail-safe options such as dark gray and brown as well as brighter, more colorful options for those looking to create a more shocking or free-spirited eye design.

Pros:

  • Deposits rich color.
  • Long-wearing, waterproof, and smudge-proof.
  • Attractive color selection includes neutrals and brights.

Cons:

  • Must be routinely sharpened.
  • Size forces you to choose between using product as eyeshadow, or sharpening down to use as liner.
  • Pricey for what you get.
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Smashbox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A unique Anti-Shine product that is a must-try if you have very oily skin; mostly excellent foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows and lip color products; well-constructed makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: A few products that are better in concept than execution.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeup—their great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.

Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit www.smashbox.com.

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Smashbox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A unique Anti-Shine product that is a must-try if you have very oily skin; mostly excellent foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows and lip color products; well-constructed makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: A few products that are better in concept than execution.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeup—their great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.

Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit www.smashbox.com.